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OnePlus has slashed the cost of OnePlus Nord in half for an extremely limited time. Stock is dwindling, but if you’re quick – you’ll be able to secure this incredible deal on the OnePlus website. Even at launch, OnePlus Nord was a pretty impressive deal. At £469, it landed with 12GB of RAM, 256GB of built-in storage, and the Qualcomm-designed Snapdragon 765G 5G, keeping Android feeling buttery smooth. OnePlus has a phenomenal track record when it comes to rolling out new features to its older handsets with consistent operating system updates, so you can expect to see some new tricks coming to OnePlus Nord in the coming weeks and months. At £234.50, OnePlus Nord is a mind-bogglingly good deal. The handset will be available for as long as stock remains, so don’t wait around thinking about whether this is the right deal for you too long… as it promises to sell-out very soon.

OnePlus launched the half price promotion last week, with the first batch of OnePlus Nord handsets selling out within hours. And now, the second – and final – batch of OnePlus Nord are available to buy. OnePlus will end the incredible deal within 24-hours or until stock runs out.

Given that, at the time of writing, there’s only 8 units left in the Gray Ash colour and 164 for the Blue Marble option …it seems like demand is going to prevent this deal from lasting until the end of its 24-hour deadline. Not only can OnePlus fans grab the smartphone at half the usual cost, but OnePlus will also throw in a free case, in Sandstone or Blue, for free. These cases usually cost £17.99 when bought separately from the OnePlus Store.

It also means you won’t need to worry about damaging your brand-new OnePlus Nord when you take it out-and-about as, let’s be honest, you’re unlikely to be able to pick up another one at the same price. If you haven’t heard of the brand or model before, you can check out our comprehensive OnePlus Nord review. At the time, we claimed that “this phone simply shouldn’t be possible at this price” and that was written at a time when OnePlus Nord cost over £400 – highlighting what an unbelievable deal this is.

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Stripping off isn’t normally the first thing I do after checking into a hotel.

But within moments of entering my room in The Edwardian Manchester, my clothes are swapped for a bikini and I slip into the beige, waffle bathrobe hanging in the cupboard. It’s soft, oversized and snuggly, and will do nicely for the next few hours.

A new travel trend has emerged from the pandemic and I’ve come to see what the fuss is about. Ten years ago, a French start-up began the online hotel booking platform Dayuse allowing guests to make daytime reservations at luxury hotels for a fraction of their nightly cost — a bargain for the consumer and an additional revenue stream for the hotel.

Hotel life: Jo enjoys room service at The Edwardian Manchester as part of her 'daycation'

Hotel life: Jo enjoys room service at The Edwardian Manchester as part of her ‘daycation’ 

And while booking a 9am to 5pm hotel room has long been convenient for layovers and romantic trysts, an increasing number of us have started booking this kind of escape as an alternative to a proper holiday.

So much so that by September 2021 Dayuse.com had surpassed its pre-Covid bookings by 50 per cent as people became keen to play tourist in their own city and avoid the hassle of international travel.

There were many reasons for choosing a micro-stay. Some fancied a break from the children, others did it to experience the joy of room service. While others saw it as a great way to experience a deluxe micro-wellness break.

For the price of a day room (this can be as much as a 75 per cent reduction) they could use a hotel’s spa facilities with the added benefit of having their own private space for a few precious hours.

Roughly a third of Dayuse’s 7,000 global hotel portfolio has a spa, including The Edwardian Manchester. Room 1117 on the 11th floor is mine from 10am to 6pm for £120 (a 50 per cent reduction on the nightly rate) and its rooftop city view proves a distraction as I step into a pair of fluffy slippers. The Pennines are visible in the distance and they’re sprinkled with snow.

Jo gets a 'Salt & Oil Scrub treatment' that is designed to polish and exfoliate her skin

Jo gets a ‘Salt & Oil Scrub treatment’ that is designed to polish and exfoliate her skin

I hurry down to the basement spa and kick off the day with a Salt & Oil Scrub treatment. It is designed to polish and exfoliate, and as masseuse Hannah smothers grainy oil across my limbs in sweeping, swirly motions I feel myself relax more than I have in weeks.

Mine was a Christmas with little cheer — two of my three teens caught Covid and we had to cancel our family holiday. Over the next 30 minutes Hannah doesn’t just rub away dead skin, but stress as well. The end comes too soon.

That doesn’t mean the fun’s over. There’s a 12-metre pool as well as a spa bath, sauna, steam room and rain showers of varying temperatures. As I flit from one to the other, swimming laps before splashing about in the whirlpool and lazing in the sauna till I’m the colour of a tomato, it’s hard to believe that this is all being enjoyed in what was formerly the Free Trade Hall, one of Manchester’s most historic buildings.

Jo unwinds in the whirlpool. Describing the facilities, she says: 'There’s a 12-metre pool as well as a spa bath, sauna, steam room and rain showers of varying temperatures'

Jo unwinds in the whirlpool. Describing the facilities, she says: ‘There’s a 12-metre pool as well as a spa bath, sauna, steam room and rain showers of varying temperatures’

Built in 1853, Charles Dickens performed here and it’s where Benjamin Disraeli delivered his One Nation speech. This was also a key location for Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragette movement. Now here I am swanning around in a bikini, pondering lunch.

The beauty of a daycation is that there’s no need to dress for a restaurant. You can throw on that robe and go back to base for room service. It’s delivered swiftly, accompanied by a bottle of champers and everything’s extremely tasty, especially the chicken lollipops — daintier than the average drumstick — accompanied by coriander and mint chutney. I finish off with Eton Mess.

The afternoon is spent making the most of every second. A hot stone massage is followed by green tea in the spa’s relaxation tunnel. And after swimming a few more laps, I fill the bath with bubbles back in the room and laze in the tub, blissfully unaware that the countdown is on.

'"Daycationers" are definitely on to something,' Jo decides at the end of her stay

‘”Daycationers” are definitely on to something,’ Jo decides at the end of her stay

TRAVEL FACTS

A 10am to 6pm Daycation at the Edwardian Manchester (dayuse.com) costs from £120. Unlimited spa use is included; massages and food cost extra. A 30-minute ESPA Hot Stone Massage costs £89; a Salt & Oil Scrub is £65. 

I bet Justin Bieber, Ant and Dec and Usain Bolt (all previous guests) didn’t have to dry off and scarper by 6pm. But as I lather my skin with REN’s Neroli And Grapefruit lotion I hatch a plan to extend my ‘me time’.

I check out of the room and straight into the hotel’s award-winning fusion restaurant Peter Street Kitchen.

Footballers (and Derby manager Wayne Rooney) have been spotted tucking into its Japanese dishes with a Mexican twist. These range from edamame to Chilean sea bass to Mayan spiced broccoli. The meal is tangy and light, the perfect finale to a ‘micro-break’.

By the time I get home, I’m ready for the inevitable teen-filled mayhem. I feel like I’ve been away for a week and yet I’ve only paid for a few hours.

‘Daycationers’ are definitely on to something. 

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